April 20th, 2021
In the provincial government’s recent throne speech, Premier Iain Rankin committed to accelerating the phase-out of coal for energy by 2030, 10 years ahead of what was originally planned. Results from our recent survey show that the majority of Nova Scotian residents support the idea. In fact, three-quarters of Nova Scotians indicate they support the phasing out of coal by 2030, with one-half who completely support the initiative (50%) and one-quarter mostly supporting it (25%). Only one in ten expressed some level of opposition (10%) and fourteen percent are unsure.
While the majority of Nova Scotians support phasing out coal by 2030, support is most pronounced in Halifax (82%) and lower among residents in the rest of mainland (71%) and Cape Breton (64%). Demographically, middle-aged residents 35-54 years are less likely to support the concept of phasing out coal by 2030, compared to either younger or older residents. Support for phasing out coal increases with residents’ education level.
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This survey was conducted from March 30, 2021 – April 7, 2021 with 1,303 Nova Scotians from Narrative Research’s online panel, East Coast Voice. As a non-probability sample (i.e., a panel sample where residents have joined a panel to share their opinions), and in accordance with CRIC Public Opinion Research Standards, a margin of error is not applied.
The question included in this release was the following:
- In the provincial government’s recent throne speech, Premier Iain Rankin committed to accelerating the phase-out of coal for energy by 2030, 10 years ahead of what was originally planned. To what extent do you support or oppose the phasing out of coal by 2030?
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